A BLUES music club in Basingstoke donated £1,250 to a cancer research charity.

Basingstoke Blues Club presented a cheque to a representative of The Brain Tumour Research charity.

The club holds meetings in association with The Railway Social Club’s clubhouse in Station Approach.

After Covid disrupted its regular meetings, the club is now getting back on its feet again with a summer break.

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The aim of the club has been to keep high-quality blues music available in Basingstoke and give any profits to The Brain Tumour Research charity.

The charity is a high priority for the club’s leader Rex Everett who lost his wife to a brain tumour some years ago.

Rex has been a great leader of the club in Basingstoke for 32 years.

As for all meetings the band – The Sam Paine Band – chosen last month was a great success.

The club will meet again on Saturday, April 15, hosting The Leonardo Giuliani Band. 

Leonardo Giuliani, guitar player and singer-songwriter is influenced by Blues, Rock, Country and Folk of the 60s and 70s and will appear with a band made up of old Blues Club favourites  – Ray Drury on keys, Ronnie Taylor on saxophone, Steve Roberts on bass and Stuart Marshall on drums.

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Leonardo has had the good fortune to play alongside Buddy Guy in Chicago and his debut album was released in February 2023.  

The club will also celebrate Rex’s birthday bash on May 20 with its old favourites, The Backbone Blues Band.

The members are hoping to raise more money for their chosen charity.  

All are welcome to any gigs, just pay £10 cash on the door.